You can safely assume that if you haven’t been hacked yet, then it’s inevitable that at some point in time someone will attempt to hack into your site.
On March 11, 2014, technology sites like Cnet.com began reporting that over 162,000 WordPress sites had been hacked.
Thousands of websites are hacked every year! Could your website be next?
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According to the Cnet report,
“With some old-fashioned trickery, hackers were able to get more than 162,000 legitimate WordPress-powered Web sites to mount a distributed-denial-of-service attack against another Web site.”
As reported by security firm Sucuri, hackers had leveraged a well-known flaw to attack unsuspecting WordPress web sites and direct a distributed-denial-of-service attack (DDoS) towards another popular website.
Every web site with a vulnerability provides some value opportunity to hackers. If you think that the information in your website is of little value to hackers, think again. Corporate websites, personal blogs, government web sites … even websites owned by online security experts can and have been targeted.
If someone can discover a way to gain remote access and control of your website, that website or blog can then be used to attack larger and more valued sites.
The truth is that malicious bots are most likely trying to break into your website or blog while you are reading this page right now. Whether they will break in or not, will depend on how hard you will make things for hackers to continue persisting until they either can work out a way to get access, or give up and go look for an easier target.
How Much Information About Your Site Are You Broadcasting To Hackers?
Does your website run on WordPress? If so visit a site like Hackertarget.com and run your website through their WordPress security scan …
(Hackertarget – WordPress Security Scan Screenshot source: Hackertarget.com)
You will see that the test will yield various results and information about your site setup …
(website security scan results. Screenshot source: Hackertarget.com)
It should be obvious after using the above tool that if you are able to access all of this information, so can hackers.
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Being able to see which version of WordPress you are using, which plugins and themes you have installed on your site, and which files have been uploaded to certain directories are all useful information to hackers, as these can inform them about any vulnerabilities, especially in older versions.
Fortunately, there is a solution that will stop broadcasting all of this information about your web site and make your site invisible to hackers and botnets.
Blog Defender Security Plugin
Blog Defender is a package of WordPress security video tutorials, WordPress plugins and tools, plus a WordPress security PDF/DOC file.
Matt Garrett, the developer of the BlogDefender security suit began to develop BlogDefender after noticing that a WordPress blog he set up for his mother got hacked into and suspended by the webhost. This particular blog was fairly new and so had practically no value to offer, yet it still was hacked.
Matt only became aware of what had happened after being contacted by his host and noticing that a significant amount of unusual activity had occurred inside his site, as well as the addition of a number of phishing files by whoever had broken into his site.
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This example shows that every website is valuable to hackers.
Blog Defender shows you where the security holes in your web site are …
And then shows you how to quickly fix these …
Blog Defender – WordPress Plugins
Blog Defender comes with three WordPress plugins:
Plugin #1 in the product suite helps you schedule automated backups …
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The plugin lets you do automated site, file and data backups to your server, external servers and cloud-based backup solutions using different backup methods, perform complete or partial backups, exclude files or tables from your backups, restore previous backups, replace URLs (useful when migrating sites to different domains or server locations), do mass text string replacements in databases, perform malware scans and blacklist checks automatically, and more.
Plugin #2 “WordPress Security” provides WordPress security …
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The plugin provides a range of site protection functions (see “Plugin Features” section below).
Pro Plugin # 3 lets you scan your plugins, themes and WordPress core files to detect if anything has been altered, and fix any problems detected …
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Pro Plugin # 3 also scans content to see if any malicious content have been inserted into your site files, bans bad bots, blocks brute force attacks and detects any content leeching (where others benefit from your content without offering you any benefit in return).
Blog Defender – Video Tutorials
In addition to plugins, Blog Defender also includes 7 step-by-step video tutorial modules and written documentation that show you exactly how to protect your website from malicious users …
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For more details go here:
Benefits Of Using Blog Defender
Here are just some of the many benefits of using Blog Defender to make your WordPress site invisible to hackers and botnets on your web site:
Be Up And Running In Very Little Time
The plugins included with Blog Defender are quite easy to install. Simply upload the plugin files to your Plugins folder via your dashboard and activate.
Simple And Easy To Follow Training
Blog Defender can be used as a do-it-yourself step-by-step training product that walks you through the website security process and shows you exactly what to do, including how to set things up, and even which free plugins you should use to get the job done without paying for unnecessary expenses.
Additional plugin benefits include the following:
- Secure your WordPress website from hackers, spammers, botnets, data mining tools and malicious users attempting to exploit your site for their own personal and financial gain.
- Protect Your Info Products – If you’re an info product author (e.g. downloadable ebooks, video training, etc.), your product can end up as freeware on peer-to-peer sharing sites.
- Avoid Getting Closed By Your Web Host And Deindexed By Search Engines – When a site has been hacked, you should expect to go through a great deal of inconvenience and heartache. It can take days to uncover the problem and sort through the issues these have caused. As a result, your, websites could be suspended by your webhost, or even blocked by search engines. And if that isn’t enough to have to deal with, your contacts can be spammed, your subscriber list and financial details could be stolen, you could end up being fined or even charged with fraud, and a whole lot more.
Blog Defender hide your WordPress website from hackers and malicious botnets.
Blog Defender helps you fix all of the following issues:
- Hosting Security Advisory
- Plugin Security Audits
- WP Theme Security Audits
- Anti Brute Force Security
- Anti Cross-Site Scripting
- MySQL Database Security
- Nefarious Traffic Blocking
- Hiding WordPress ‘Tell Tale’ Signs
- Anti-Comment Spam Blocking
- File Monitoring
- Link Tracking
- Known Offender Blocking
- Automating Core Updates
- WordPress Security Audit
- Tighten Server Security
- Kick Out Policy
- Online Reputation Checking
- And More …
Blog Defender follows a logical sequence of steps to help secure your web site, addressing potential hosting security issues, using tools to quickly identify risky themes and WordPress plugins, and then implementing site-wide security using the tools and plugins provided.
(Blog Defender website security process. Image source: BlogDefender.com)
Here are some of the testimonials that users have submitted regarding the Blog Defender security suite:
“You are literally walked through the process!” Nikki Stephens, www.nikkistephens.com
”My business is built around the WordPress platform and I’m embarrassed to admin I’ve been slack in the security department. However, Matt’s training soon put that right! I followed each detailed video to the letter and discovered some incredible security tricks and plugins I’d never heard of before. Better still, all the plugins were free to download too! The end result? My WordPress membership site is now locked down tighter than Parkhurst at midnight and if anybody tries hacking it, I’ll be the first to know! thanks again Matt, I’m off to secure the rest of the blogs in my portfolio!” David Walker – www.inboxrockstar.com
According to Matt Garrett, the plugin developer, no sites using Blog Defender have been hacked since Blog Defender’s first release in 2012.
Matt states on his site, however …
“With the volume of attacks nowadays … we probably won’t hold forever, so we’ve been busy creating even tougher WordPress security.”
The war on hackers is an escalating arms race and all security solutions are only as good as the information and technologies that developers currently have access to. The latest release of Blog Defender creates an easier security solution that doesn’t require constant attention, is quite inexpensive and it’s as good if not better than most web security products or services currently being offered at a higher price.
Blog Defender Support
The product is well-supported, can be used by both Mac and PC users, is compatible with the latest WordPress release and is backed by a no-risk, thirty day, full money-back guarantee.
Blog Defender is normally available for personal use only on unlimited sites. When we last checked, however, it was also being sold with Developer rights, allowing users to secure client sites as well.. Price = $47.00.
Note: Pricing for Blog Defender depends on whether there are any promotions or limited-time special offers. Presently, the plugin sells for the pricing shown above. This may or may not be the actual pricing set by the product developer when you visit the product website and there may be additional upsells or one-time offers after purchasing.
Check the plugin’s website for the latest pricing:
For installation instructions and tutorials, FAQs, support helpdesk, contact details and more, visit the Blog Defender website.
What We Recommend
No matter what kind of business you run or plan to run online and how small you think your web presence is, securing your website or blog is something you simply cannot afford to ignore.
WordPress is a secure platform, but neglecting basic maintenance tasks like keeping your WP software, plugins and WordPress themes updated to their latest versions, tightening file and data security and taking other necessary precautions can expose your site to malicious by hackers and bots.
Adopting a security policy such as the one that Blog Defender provides, will help you learn what your responsibilities are as the site owner, what hosting companies can and can’t do if the security on your site is compromised, what security features to look for in a webhost, and which tools can make the process of securing your website easier.
For complete details, visit the plugin website: Blog Defender Security Plugin For WordPress Sites